The Hurt Locker 2008

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This is a portrayal of elite soldiers a very dangerous job - disarming bombs in combat. When new sergeant James takes over a skilled team he surprises two subordinates by recklessly plunging them into a deadly game of cat and mouse. As the men try to control their wild leader the city explodes into chaos.

Jeremy Renner, Anthony Mackie
2 hours 11 minutes

Available in HD on supported devices

The Hurt Locker

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Product Details

Genres Military & War, Drama, Thriller, Action & Adventure
Director Kathryn Bigelow
Starring Jeremy Renner, Anthony Mackie
Supporting actors Brian Geraghty, Guy Pearce, Ralph Fiennes, David Morse, Evangeline Lilly, Christian Camargo
Studio StudioCanal
BBFC rating Suitable for 15 years and over
Rental rights 48 hour viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

Customer Reviews

3.3 out of 5 stars

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Dippy Dipps on 3 Dec 2012
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Let me be clear about something. There isn't a war movie in this world that doesn't "glorify" war. But you know what? This is a work of fiction, it is a movie, it is escapism. If I wanted realism I'd watch a documentary. Whilst accurate, it does have some wonderful Hollywood flair (take the opening scene, just beautifully shot - my mouth was certainly agape watching that on a 42 inch on BluRay!!!). I've read some bad reviews moaning about how it makes war look 'awesome', and... well, get over it. It's a movie. That's like saying Left 4 Dead is bad because it glorifies the zombie apocalypse.

Jeremy Renner is just excellent in this movie, as is the remainder of the cast. Strong roles, amazing acting, and a gripping story and well written script to boot. This is an instant classic for fans of war movies, a good story, or even just good cinematics.

Seriously, for 3, just buy it and enjoy!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By NeuroSplicer TOP 500 REVIEWER on 4 Jun 2010
Format: DVD
Usually success is a combination of talent, hard work and luck. Then again, a movie like this gets the Best Picture Oscar and one can only wonder: did the members of the Academy vote FOR this movie or against James Cameron? Sure, his arrogance did not make things easy; then again, one should not underestimate envy and spite as human motivation.

Inaccuracies and obvious mistakes run rampant; the Saving Private Ryan-pretentious camera shakes you into nausea; the plot line is abandoned in the sand again and again and (what is worse) there is absolutely nothing waiting at the end. No catharsis, no message, no moral, no closure. Nothing.

Platoon defined the Vietnam war not only with its realism and its ability to paint all the shades of moral ambiguity but also because it had the guts to send a clear political message. In dire contrast, THE HURT LOCKER offers only a deafening silence on all these aspects.
The movie presents this war, with some of the sacrifices and atrocities it entails, as inevitable and expected. Keep enlisting, keep fighting and keep dying for the corporations and the banks - but don't you dare speak your opinion on the matter. Its message is a cowardly "don't ask - and we are not going to tell you why either".
Because self-censorship is the worse kind of censorship, this is Hollywood at its worse.

A spineless pseudo-documentary masquerading as an art movie. A cowardly film trying to capitalize on the stories of brave men thrown into unwinnable war.

A film made by errand boys, sent by grocery clerks, to make sure the bill of blood is being paid in full. Again and again.

Pass. With extreme prejudice.
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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Doc Dionysus on 24 Mar 2012
Format: DVD
The Hurt Locker is a great film in every respect and is destined to be a classic which will be talked about in the next century. I can see, however, that some people won't 'get it' because it dispenses with most of the technical and narrative means that almost every Hollywood war movie avails itself of. But if you can put your expectations on one side, the film is amazingly fresh and powerfully moving.

The use of hand-held camera, which often has documentary resonances, together with a narrative evenness which treats all moments as equally significant could be expected to produce a distancing/alienating effect in the viewer, and if you are expecting crescendos and diminuendos it probably does just that. Yet these devices are capable of having the opposite effect, drawing the viewer into the very grit and grain and breath and terrible ambiguity of events as they unfold for a team of bomb disposal technicians operating in the dangerous streets of Iraq. Impeccable editing makes this work and you end up knowing in your bone-marrow that war is hell, that soldiers end up doing their own thing as plans give way to chaos, that for some war is nevertheless addictive, and that seemingly ordinary people are capable of insane degrees of bravery.

The direction and acting are superb and without the slightest false note. Particularly look out for a scene in which Jeremy Renner's Sergeant William James answers his compadre's question on how he faces the high probability of death day after day, and apparently without fear. With a few deft strokes, the character of William James becomes rounded, complex, utterly human and complete. [The protagonists are ambling along in an armoured vehicle, chatting rather laconically.]

Give this film a chance and it will blow you away!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Red on Black TOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 29 Dec 2009
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
I experienced an interesting contrast yesterday when I took my kids to see the technically brilliant James Cameron 3D blockbuster "Avatar" which is a stunning visual treat and hugely enjoyable albeit with a story line which is essentially "Dances with Wolves" in space. I also watched in the evening "The hurt locker" on blu ray. If given a choice of which of the two films to keep and treasure it would be Kathryn Bigelow's epic study of three technicians of a specialist bomb disposal squad operating in Iraq on the streets of Baghdad. Indeed the real stars of the film are the ordinary children and adults of the troubled Iraqi capital some of whom could be potential insurgents that gives the film an overwhelming air of unpredictability and suspense.

The film centres on a elite team and particularly the role of "Will" played by the excellent Jeremy Renner an adrenaline junkie who strides up to IEDs as if he was bomb proof. Sergeant Will James both loves war and yet is a mass of contradictions. Renner's performance is excellent and the film in general has "Oscar" written all over it. Alongside "Will" are the young GI, Specialist Owen Eldridge, played by Brian Geraghty who performance of a marine visibly cracking up is spot on. Then there is my favourite character, the experienced African-American Sergeant JT Sanborn played by Anthony Mackie who is not the "inevitable black grunt" of Vietnam films but a more subtle character who nonetheless cannot fathom his predicament. The impact that Will James already has on a team with only 38 days left until they return home combined with the sheer intensity of the Iraq experience are the central themes.

The movie is a succession of memorable set pieces but with Bigelow's direction emphasising the sparse and thus building in tension throughout.
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